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March 23, 2010


Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

How this team has grown...

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Great photo-flashback Soup. You should put up some more player photos if you have any, to literally show how much these kids have grown.

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

God, we were TINY, D-III looking. lol

How much WE, the fans have learned about how long it takes to build Hurricane Football. I know I've learned tremendously.

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Actually, you have enough images up. The point is abundantly clear. haha


Captain, oh my Captain...


Lots MORE to follow...



3rd Row Down, 1st pic

The guy in the green shirt on the far right looks just like Jon Gruden

Seriously, the guys looks like he could be his twin


solar - sent you an email

It .. is .. done

I'm sticking to it, no more for me on my list

That is my concrete list

Like you said, you can put my guys names in parenthesis or where I have them numbered in parenthesis next to yours


funny how Hurtt used to get a lot of love from Cane fans.

then the second he leaves for Louisville everybody turns on him.


I have to tell U Hurtt was "The Golden Boy" for two years. Then all of a sudden not so much:


Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Dayton, who's "everyone"? Hurtt, as the information has emerged, was in over his head. There's no "turning on him", just facing the facts as they emerged.

That's the way it works sometimes when you're this far removed from the reality. Who knew? All we knew was that he played on the 2000 team, bled Orange and Green and seemed to be a sharp guy all-around.

Still love him but for what Shannon needs and wants RIGHT NOW, he's not experienced enough.


Captain....good counter-point. Tell us more about what U think for the 2010 season?


I have to tell U Hurtt was "The Golden Boy" for two years. Then all of a sudden not so much

Posted by: SOUP | March 24, 2010 at 12:03 AM

i thought all Canes were "Golden Boys"?

ok ok, i'll stop.

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Soup, I think 2010 is the year for a real emergence and return of Hurricane Football. Now how much of a return is debatable. We'll know more when J-12 returns, as well as Futch, Forston, Buchanon et al return.

But it's safe to say that for the first time in many years we'll have depth, we'll have experience and we'll have strength, size, speed and talent across the board, with players AND coaches.

And most of all we'll have HUNGER to match all the above.

Honestly, we'll know almost everything when we face OSU.

The Wisky game was the best thing to happen to this team last year. WVU wouldn't have been half the matchup or progress report that Wisky was, especially going into Columbus next season.

Now the kids know what to expect. They've learned how to win and how and why they lose, mentally and physically.

Three ???s will really determine how good we are next year: MLB, OL and CB, read-DVD.

MLB and LB in general....We're still a little thin and inexperienced. Nelson's going to come in and ball but I bet C-Mac starts the year at the Mike. This spring practice has been good for Shayvon and Robinson but they haven't emerged, which leaves the door open for Nelson. Any way we can get him a playbook?? haha

The OL should be considerably better for power-running and more solid overall. Lots of youth but lots of talent, size and strength. No more covering Pipho's mistakes with crafty play-calling. If Horn can really emerge, even better. Spring's injuries to Franklin and B Wash have actually been good cause the youngin's are getting some valuable experience.

CB....DVD. The success of the season won't completely rest on him but dam if his improvement wouldn't make a WHOLE lotta things easier. Hopefully he'll spend the entire off-season with Rumph learning how to play to his strengths and not THINK so dam much out there. For a football player to be as fast as he is to get beat by a 250 pound converted WR is all mental and ridiculous.
After him, maybe Ryan Hill will be able to help McGee and one or two of these talented frosh coming in make a leap into the nickel or dime coverage.

Petri coming in, Whipple and Lovett still here, and Cassano adding that championship mentality will pay real dividends.

STs might finally be special as well with all these Bosses coming in this class ready to lay some wood, with speed.


Cap...good analysis. Fair and balanced.

Thanks for that!

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Soup, I just wish I could get a bird's eye view of practices, just once. haha That would answer so many questions.

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer


3rd Row Down, 1st pic

The guy in the green shirt on the far right looks just like Jon Gruden

Seriously, the guys looks like he could be his twin

Posted by: Six | March 23, 2010 at 11:45 PM


He really does. lol


When asked about the most improved player, Shannon said senior linebacker Kylan Robinson without hesitation. Shannon compared Robinson to players such as Spencer Adkins and Tervaris Johnson, who both had impact seasons as seniors. Could Robinson indeed be the starting middle linebacker for the season-opener?

from Shandel at the SS earlier.

We do have a history of LBs emerging their senior year. Most of the others had some kind of playing experience other than special teams BEFORE their senior year though.

Hope springs eternal...


... and solar

I can't tell if you're calling me a numb nutz. It's all good I think, depends on the expression on your face when your saying, numb nutz.

I understand being fair and balanced but who in their right mind would come on a CANES blog and expect us to treat a gutter and a Cane the same? My point is mainly to DaytonCane (closet Buckeye fan? The Devils Advocate routine is getting more pronounced as we get closer to 9/11/2010.), OF COURSE WE ARE GOING TO TREAT THEM DIFFERENTLY! One is a Hurricane the other is not. When Sam Shields comes back and talks to recruits and says that you can smoke all the weed you want, choke a coach, etc... and still be a football player then I'll reconsider my blind loyalty.

... and who has been slamming Hurtt? Have some logic or rationale to your constant shots from the bleachers.

Cat 5 Cane

To the old crew!... Ocala, Keoki, Delray, Mitch, 1982, WMD.

A moment of silence for our guys MIA... we'll be thinking of you this weekend!






"The Devils Advocate routine is getting more pronounced as we get closer to 9/11/2010."
Posted by: DZ8 | March 24, 2010 at 7:09 AM

Uh huh...


Loco...It was your argument dude!

I agree with U on #1 and #2. There are MAYBE three people here who care about Women's basketball.

And that is being generous!

Posted by: SOUP | March 23, 2010 at 11:17 PM

Just because I don't like it doesn't mean they shouldn't get recognition.

Posted by: Loco | March 24, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Cat 5 Cane

Jamal Reid impresses Miami's Randy Shannon

By Barry Jackson

Coach Randy Shannon addressed several issues Tuesday as University of Miami football players returned from break to begin their final week of spring practice:

• Safety Jamal Reid -- who started in the most recent scrimmage opposite Vaughn Telemaque -- ``is doing a great job,'' Shannon said. ``Not taking anything away from Ray Ray Armstrong, but Jamal right now is really putting a little more oomph in it, making plays. They're neck and neck. Both of them did a good job this last scrimmage. Ray Ray did a lot better than the first scrimmage.'' Shannon said he's ``excited about the way Vaughn Telemaque is playing.''

• The backup quarterback job remains open. Asked if A.J. Highsmith has distanced himself from Stephen Morris, Shannon said, ``Nah, nah, I can't really say. You can't really get a full picture until you get in the scrimmage. Both did some good things in the scrimmage. Both did some bad things.''

• Shannon said he's ``disappointed because our second team unit at linebacker is not responding. We've got to get those guys up to par.'' The backup linebackers have been Shayon Green, early enrollee Tyrone Cornelius and C.J. Holton. Jordan Futch and Ramon Buchanan have been out this spring with injuries.

• Shannon said Curtis Porter and Micanor Regis, who have been the first-team defensive tackles, ``have done a great job.' Josh Holmes, who returned Tuesday from injury, and Marcus Forston (out this spring while healing injuries) will challenge them for starting jobs in August.

• Shannon said defensive ends Allen Bailey, Marcus Robinson, Adewale Ojomo and Andrew Smith ``are doing a wonderful job.''

• Shannon said Richard Gordon, the front-runner to start at tight end, ``is doing well. Richard is not Jimmy Graham. He's a Dedrick Epps, Tervaris Johnson-type of player. A real good blocker. The pass-route thing he's been picking up very well.''

• Shannon also praised Tyler Horn, who is trying to win the center job.


Posted by: Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer | March 24, 2010 at 12:37 AM

good stuff

Cat 5 Cane

Butch Davis...
pulling out the stops and has Tony Dungy give a 30 minute inspirational speech...!

As said before... NC is getting set to take a run at ACC this year. Everything is in place, with something like 19 returning starters, mostly seniors and juniors.

Guess where the ACC ship is being played this year?

There is allot of quiet excitement in NC. You know Butch... Keep it low and smack'em when it's time!

NC will be a huge test on our schedule!



Cat 5 Cane

U got that right!

Later B's and G's




It's funny that people respect Tony Dungy's QB evaluations when he use to trot out Shaun King who was possibily the worst starting QB of all time.


Cat5 did U not see my post?

I have a beautiful Blonde wife who is 18 years my junior...
When she says just U and me this weekend.

Hmmm. No ? for me.

Really would love to be there. U Know me always present and accounted for.
Gonna spend this weekend with the Mrs. We will be at CanesFest in the fall. and all the significant home games...

I am sure U will cover for me.

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